When we get in our cars and onto the road, there are many things that can happen – several of which we have no control over. We cannot control the weather, the malfunctions of our vehicles, or the actions of other drivers. However, there are certain things that we can have control over. One such thing that we can do is to protect our children by using a proper child car seat.
Sadly, motor vehicle crashes are one of the biggest causes of deaths for children across the country. In an effort to combat this, you can use the right car seat – but it must be used properly. You can figure out whether the seat is proper for your child by matching it with his or her age, height, and weight. Proper installation is also imperative.
Improper Use of Car Seats
Although using the right car seat can make a huge difference, this is only true if it is used properly. You should ensure that the seat is the right one in that it should be matched to your child’s height, weight, and age. You must also ensure that it is properly installed. Unfortunately, nearly 46 percent of car and booster seats are used in an improper manner. This can decrease their overall efficacy.
It is also necessary that you understand which direction your child should be facing depending upon their age and size:
- Birth – 2 years: At this age, our children should sit in a rear-facing car seat. By placing them to face the rear of the car, they are less likely to suffer whiplash and severe neck and spinal injuries should your car be involved in a head-on collision.
- 2-5 years: At this age, our children should be in a seat facing forward. However, you should still check the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- 5+ years until a regular seat belt properly fits: At this age, your child may use a booster seat. However, children should only use a regular seatbelt if the lap belt fits properly across their upper thighs while the shoulder belt fits properly across the chest. Even if they are using a seatbelt, children at this age should still be placed in the backseat of the car.
The good news is that by properly using the correct car seat for your child, it reduces the risk of infant (those under age one) deaths by 71 percent and reduces the risk to toddlers (ages 1-4) by 54 percent. You may also consider purchasing a car seat that can be converted to various positions intended to grow right along with your child. This may prove more financially efficient.
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